Have you made a resolution to stay alcohol-free in 2022? Congratulations! You can say good-bye to hangovers and welcome the gentle morning in. Alcohol-free means Hangover Free! and there are endless benefits to never again waking up feeling like this.
Toward the end of my drinking career, I had horrific, soul-crushing hangovers. I had countless conversations with people about how much worse hangovers felt after the age of 30, always looking for someone to commiserate. While I’m sure that is true to some extent, in my case it was less because I was over 30 and more because I was drinking an obscene amount of alcohol every night. I dreaded mornings. I would moan when my alarm went off, and often wondered if I would manage to make it out of bed at all. There were plenty of times that I didn’t.
Man, was I missing out. Mornings are awesome! They have become one of my favorite things about being Alcohol Free. Where I once dreaded mornings, I now look forward to them. They have become a time to do whatever I want to do. I can do yoga, meditate, catch up on housework, have a quiet cup of tea, sneak in some gaming time before my kid gets to the system, or I can hit the snooze button and enjoy a little extra sleep if I feel so inclined. My twenty five year old self would be horrified to learn that she’s become a “Morning Person,” but it’s true: I love mornings!
Here are 4 posts from our Boozemusings blog to inspire you to rediscover your mornings and get excited about living alcohol-free in 2022. Come join us in the BOOM Rethink the Drink community for Dry January and beyond! Get inspired by your future self and imagine how things may be…
Maybe I won’t feel so sad. Maybe I’m not so stuck. Maybe my relationships will improve. Maybe I could love myself.
Maybe it’s time.
Maybe I’m stronger than I thought.
Maybe I’ll stay alcohol-free in 2022
Freedom is the opportunity to make choices for myself!
Freedom is not planning my social life around hangovers, not doing something because I knew I would drink too much the night before. It’s not waking up not knowing what I said or did. It’s learning to trust myself again and not being chained to a poisonous high that wreaks havoc on my body. I love the freedom of getting to know me now that I am not tired and sick mentally and physically. I’m still a dick sometimes, but nowhere near as much.
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I have been alcohol free for almost a year now, and I can say without a moment’s hesitation that my life does not suck. Getting sober absolutely changed me, but not in the way I thought it would. Instead of taking away all the things that made me who I was, it gave those things back to me. Instead of being the end of fun, it has opened up brand new opportunities to enjoy life. Instead of being the end of the line, it has been the beginning of something new and wonderful. In other words, being alcohol free is nothing at all like I thought it would be.
I guess what I’m trying to say is this: regardless of your reasons for being here – whether you’re trying a 30 day or 100 day detox for your health, you are starting to become concerned about your drinking, or you know, like I did, that alcohol is ruining your life and you absolutely have to quit – be curious. More than that, be sober curious. Do your best to put what you think you know about sobriety aside and open yourself up to what it has to offer. Look for opportunities to change your mind about what you thought life without alcohol would be like. You just might be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.
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At first I felt so vulnerable. And scared I’d not be strong enough to ride the waves. That I wouldn’t feel happiness without that glass in my hand.
Today I’m free. I say free rather than sober, because free is how I truly feel .
Free from obsessive thoughts
Free from the lies I was telling myself
Free from the worry that I was slowly killing myself
Free from the drink drunk and recovery
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We all know there are portals into Darkness and portals into Light. If we don’t know the difference yet just a bit more experience changes that and We LEARN. Unfortunately, some of the portals, passageways, tunnels, pinholes into the Darkness are addictions that are tough to walk away from when we don’t like or even hate where we have landed. It just keeps getting worse and worse and worse. We feel trapped, chained, doomed to repeat the same mistakes again and again and again. We start to feel like the protagonist in some Greek tragedy or like Sisyphus in an endless mythological nightmare.
Sobriety as a Portal into what? You name it.
All you can be. All you can do. Your best self, your peace of mind, your fulfillment, your health and longevity, your enjoyment of intimate relationships, your soul’s highest expression in this human vessel. This is the place you enter. This is the portal. This is the Way.
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